I received an email from Starwood Preferred Guest recently notifying me that I had re-qualified for SPG Gold status again. I didnt’ have enough hotel stays and nights this year with Starwood so I know it wasn’t via staying at SPG properties. I did however re-qualifiy because I spent $30,000 on my Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card!
What does Gold status get me you may ask?
- Earn three Starpoints for every US dollar spent on eligible stays-a 50% bonus over a normal member
- 4 PM late checkout subject to availability
- An upgrade to an enhanced room at check-in
- Choice of welcome gift upon arrival-I can choose from bonus Starpoints, complimentary premium in-room internet or a beverage on Starwood
Some people may frown on only being a Starwood Gold member but it’s certainly better than no status and for people that don’t travel for work its very hard to accumulate enough stays or nights for their highest tier Platinum status.
I was primarily able to spend $30,000 due to generating spend through my Target RedCard! In fact one month earlier this year I spent $15,000 with my RedCard(s) fee free when I didn’t have any minimum spends to complete on new cards. I love generating Starwood points and staying in high end Starwood properties!